The church has experience a growth in individuals seeking guidance and recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. Substance abuse, including alcohol, prescription opiate and drug use, are all significantly higher in the community around the church than the UK national average. This problem is not just affecting people outside the church, but through the outreach ministry the church sees an increase in individuals within the church community. The goal would be to launch the Celebrate Recovery ® program within the next two years.
Ministries at Birkenhead
The facility renovations began with painting the youth room, creating the tots space and cleaning the grounds. Plans to renovate the kitchen are already underway.
As renovations are done, there is more opportunity to rent out the space for events to provide additional income to support the outreach ministries.
Partnering to Make a Difference
Many of the objectives include one-time expenses such as paint for the sanctuary, updated lighting costs, etc. Long-term expenses would include costs of large scale community events for evangelism and ongoing training or resources needed.
The church and members are contributing to the costs of the renovations either by tithes or sweat equity.
The total cost, after giving from the local church, is $9,475.
The various events, upgrades and outreach opportunities will be promoted through the church’s Facebook page, with flyers and local businesses as well as through relationships built in the current outreach ministries (Kids, Youth and Tots clubs).
Additionally, the project will be promoted through social media including but not limited to the Three Worlds and Langfords3W Facebook pages.
The Birkenhead Advisory Board will provide the greatest level of evaluation and accountability. Those on the board include the local associate pastor Lil Fox, regional coordinator for Europe and the Middle East, Patrick Nachtigall, and four North American pastors.
Success will be evaluated in two ways: facility improvements and community involvement.